Every business school has something that it highlights to the public. For The Copenhagen MBA, it advertises the three pillars of the program. What I like to point out in addition, though, is how easy it has been for me to work with everyone in the program. To give credit where credit is due, the administration really outdid themselves in selecting from the applicant pool for this year and as a result, I am surrounded by a wide variety of personalities and competencies every day. People who come with their own perspectives and goals in life.
When brainstorming for my first blog in late 2017, I thought to myself how supportive everyone has been and what a collaborative MBA this is. During the first week back after our winter break, Poul, our program director gave a speech to the entire class at our New Year’s reception that focused on the importance of working collaboratively. I knew I was onto something…
Now rewind several weeks back: I was at home in California celebrating the holidays and enjoying a well-deserved winter break with my family and friends. Oh, how I had missed the sunshine…! Before moving on, I would just like to emphasize how important it is to pack a bottle or two of vitamin D when you move to Copenhagen. Aside from the lack of sunshine during the wintertime, the first thing I talk to others about are the people and what a cohesive bunch we have become.
Of course, people are willing to work together under the right conditions. The program starts by organising students in groups of four during lectures to promote discussion and group work. Additionally, the professors work closely with the administrators to ensure that we are regrouped with different individuals on a regular basis. The grading structure is also done in such a way that we are not graded on a curve.